Catholic Passport



Honoring the Theotokos

"'Mother of God', Theotokos, is the title that was officially attributed to Mary in the fifth century, to be exact, at the Council of Ephesus in 431, but which had already taken root in the devotion of the Christian people since the third century, in the context of the heated discussions on the Person of Christ in that period. This title highlights the fact that Christ is God and truly was born of Mary as a man: in this way his unity as true God and true man is preserved."

-Pope Benedict XVI, Homily in Ephesus on November 29, 2006.


Ruins of the Church of the Theotokos, site of the Council of Ephesus, by Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Pray with the Saints

Here are some resources to prepare for this pilgrimage:

The fundamental mission of the Maiden of Nazareth was, therefore, to be the means of union of the Savior with the human race.
— St. John Paul II, Homily in Ephesus on November 30, 1979